The Great Equations
The Great Equations Breakthroughs in Science From Pythagoras to Heisenberg By Crease, Robert P. Book - 2008

This is a very stimulating discussion of the fascinating people and often dramatic circumstances that led to this small set of significant equations/results of math and physics, and the consequences for society (or at least for the scientific/mathematics communities). The stories behind many of these results shed welcome light on the messy human side of the scientific process. While the examples were not specifically selected to highlight the importance of the scientific enterprise to our future well-being, hopefully some of that aspect did come through. In any case I highly recommend this book.

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